Questions about the coaching situation at Bayern Munich, as it goes on after Christmas, when the job guarantee issued by the bosses of the interim coach has expired, according to candidate Mauricio Pochettino, after his personal future: He left them at the press conference before the upcoming Bundesliga Game bounce off ice cold at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
No information, no hints, nothing (Bundesliga: Fortuna Dusseldorf – Bayern, on Saturday from 15:30 clock in LIVETICKER).
Know exactly what to say and what should not be said: It is a not to be underestimated quality of a coach.
And Flick will still be able to use her when it comes to another tricky topic that has been touched on by the PK: how to deal with the top stars Thiago and Philippe Coutinho, who he has recalled.
Flick: "Not easy"
In both games after the dismissal of Niko Kovac, the 2-0 in the Champions League against Piraeus and the 4-0 in the Bundesliga top match against Borussia Dortmund, Flick did not call the two ball artists in the starting eleven.
A decision with a signal effect that Flick is well aware of. As the longtime assistant of national coach Joachim Loew is also aware that he is embarking on a tightrope walk.
"It was a difficult situation," he said. "We've changed the style of play a bit, defended it forward, and I've bet on players who might be a bit better against the ball."
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To Flick's basic idea to put more on the counter, on quick switching from a secure defense out, the two former Barca players do not quite fit. He quickly added, "But we know that when it comes to possession, their qualities are good for us and it's important that they tie in seamlessly when they come in."
Abandoning Thiago and Coutinho no permanent solution
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Of course, the 54-year-old coach knows that this can not be a permanent solution. Even though the success of the first two games gives him no reason to knock them over.
"Flick has to find that Muller, Thiago, Coutinho find their playing time, find the balance that's missing so far," warned him SPORT1-Experte Marcel Reif already after the runaway victory against BVB two weeks ago: "All must be at least halfway satisfied and pull along."
Kovac had also failed in the end, that he did not succeed, among other things, he betrayed Thomas Muller with his notorious emergency man-statement.
Flick: "I do not want to fool anyone"
Muller played against Piraeus and Dortmund again, formed the midfield center together with the sixs Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka – whose tough duel Flick was more important than the creative energy of Thiago. The problem is not solved, however, if Flick leaves Coutinho and Thiago in return.
A dilemma that Flick is aware of. However, the interim coach, who is valued internally for his leadership, gave the impression on Friday that he had the necessary sensitivity to dissolve it.
"It's important to tell the players what you expect them to do and why someone else who plays in their stead on that day might be more fulfilling," he said when asked. "That's what I want to do. I'm always open and honest and do not want to fool anyone, that's my approach, others have others. "